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Re: Novell BorderManager 3.5 Remote Slow Death
From: matthew.firth () MATERA NET AU (Matthew Firth)
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 02:10:00 +1100

The issue also affects BorderManager 3.0 (sp2)
running on NetWare 4.11 sp6a.  I was able to
replicate the memory allocation error but have not
had any luck with obtaining the high CPU

Again, csatpxy.nlm is loaded by default on this
system and unloading it stopped the memory
allocation errors.


-----Original Message-----
From: Chicken Man [mailto:chicknmon () HOTMAIL COM]
Sent: Wednesday, 9 February 2000 11:59
Subject: Novell BorderManager 3.5 Remote Slow

On a (default) installation of BorderManager 3.5
sp1, spc02 running on
NetWare 5.0 sp3a with nici 1.3.1, telnet to port
2000 on the firewall (on
either the public or private interfaces) and hit
enter a few times.
Utilization will jump (to 67% on our systems), and
the console will
immediately report an error similar to the

1-27-2000   9:34:47 am:   SERVER-5.0-830
    Short Term Memory Allocator is out of Memory.
    1 attempts to get more memory failed.

The telnet session will not disconnect, unless you
manually close the
connection. Over the course of two days (every few
minutes or so, YMMV) the error will repeat, with
the number of attempts steadily increasing (by
several million each time). Eventually (again, for
us it was two days, YMMV) the firewall will deny
all requests, and eventually crash completely.

Further symptoms:

Using tcpcon you can see something listening on
port 2000. If the telnet
session has been closed from the remote end,
tcpcon reports that the
previous session is in a "closewait" state. It may
be possible to do more bad things since this entry
never clears automatically (i.e. use up the rest
of system resources by opening and closing
connections to this port). It can be cleared using

The misbehaving NLM is CSATPXY.NLM. It is the CS
Audit Trail Proxy, which is apparently loaded by
default on a BorderManager 3.5 install. From what
various people tell me, it could also be installed
on non-BorderManger Novell servers (though
probably not by default) which means this
vulnerability may extend beyond BorderManager 3.5.

Novell was contacted regarding this and the answer
was "unload the NLM".
Unloading the NLM does stop the slow death.
Rebooting will reload the NLM so it must be taken
out of whatever loads it on boot, of course.

Why is the port even accessable from the outside
(or the inside for that
matter)? The default BorderManager packet
filtering rules indictate that
pretty much everything is being passed. Why is the
NLM loaded by default?
Tcpcon shows various other services running that
shouldn't be either
(chargen, echo, etc). Why? What other
vulnerabilities am I missing?


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